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Old 02-07-2009, 05:48 AM
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Also found a Lo Jack..that was HACKED into the car...removed it and took it back to the dealer..The manager asked how did you find it..
the look on his face was priceless .....he has since seen the car..
WAIT! You found a Lo Jack in your new car. That's insane, the dealers face may have been priceless, but did he have any explanation as to how it got there?
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wow - thanks for all the thumbs up...I should do a similar thread for my E220CDI (that came out way nicer then this E55 IMHO)

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sell me ur 19in cls55 rims
mail me or send me a PB

Originally Posted by phatmitzu
what is that motion sensor for
Are they plug and play for the 03-05 W211s? The function buttons.
the interior motion sensor is a factory add-on to the towing alarm...it will trigger the alarm when it senses motion inside the car (when parked with an open window or roof for example)...the newstyle steering wheel requires a new steering column module (all stalks, cover, angle sensor and SRS ring on the steering column) and that steering column module requires a connectorchange

Originally Posted by theeddie
how much are you into the car now?
enough to know that I will be keeping it for a while

Originally Posted by Blacksport350
I wonder what idiot ordered this car originally?
MBUSA and their dealers did...this was one of those introduction models at lowest possible selling price

Originally Posted by nlpamg
but why no lowering via Star yet?
I am fine with the front...the rear might need have to go a bit down in the future though...after my C270CDI I am kind of done with the slammed look

Originally Posted by Benz-O-Rama
I love the fact that you completely gutted the thing before you even put 1 mile on her.
...well...that was probably caused by the fact that I have spend too much time in the US already...I am starting to get an "I-want-it-yesterday-and-not-tomorrow" kind of attitude

Originally Posted by MJ50
okay... i think i'm about 33% complete with OEM mods...

i get the ****ty one and steve gets the nicer one...
no wories thomas, we will get you at 100% somewhen in the future...hmmm, maybe I should not have given you my 55 as a lental car...

Originally Posted by Karlson
To take apart e55 like it is some domestic car.
...this is nothing yet compared to what I did to my dutch E220CDI...
http://www.mbenznl.nl/index.php?opti...id=28&catid=13

Originally Posted by t-bone
Well, at least I think I'm almost done.
yeah - right

Originally Posted by The Godfather
Wish I had all that stuff too!
easy - sell one of your planes and get it over with

Originally Posted by aldoe
Have you experience any odd rattles after the dis/re-assembly?
I keep thinking about adding all the MB Options, but worried about squeaks and rattles later in the cars' life. It seems that anytime someone touches a factory car, something develops.
having driven his E350 many times AND having driven many other gutted cars (like my old C250D, C270CDI, E220CDI, E55, my friends E500, C270CDI, my wifes A170CDI), I can honestly say NO
I changed the blue cloth no-nonsens interior from my 1993 C250D out for a full optioned gray leather interior and have driven almost 600.000km with the car after that...no problems, no rattles.

Originally Posted by Eurosport
when did you move to the US?
I haven't...I am still dutch

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Old 02-07-2009, 08:40 AM
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MBenzNL,

I can not tell you how much I enjoyed your thread, it's definately one of the most enjoyable ones. I always wanted to learn about all the options the car has, yet unfortunately was always too lazy to start searching. I like your passion for originality. However, I have a few questions about the whole retrofitting process:

1) Since you seem to have been doing this for a long time now, doesn't - like one of the guys up there mentioned - the interior start squeaking and rattling when you disassemble and reasseble it? on the long run perhaps.

2) Did you do the retrofitting at a dealership? Did it cost you as bad as I think it did?

Thanks again for sharing and I hope there's more to come.





am I the only one who thinks the CLS wheels looked great on the car ?

Edit: 1st Q anwered

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Definitely one of a kind of car after ur transformation...great work and love ur work for originality...
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Originally Posted by Ol'School
2) Did you do the retrofitting at a dealership? Did it cost you as bad as I think it did?
I did the work myself (obviously) and do this kind of work FOR dealerships as well (in the netherlands, germany and the US)...I am sure that it didn't cost me half as bad as you think and most probably not even half that.

and before anybody suggests it could/would/should have been cheaper to buy a fully loaded E55 to begin with... - ...probably not AND I do NOT like owning/driving a car "off the shelf"

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I do NOT like owning/driving a car "off the shelf"
yup!
someone said "friends don't let friends drive stock
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Well, at least I think I'm almost done.
yeah - right
I can always just let myself think I'm close to being done. It will happen one day.

But at least it's nice to know that even after all these years there is still some new stuff to do with the W211.
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How long/costly of a task is to to retrofit 433/434 Drive Dynamic Seats?
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How long/costly of a task is to to retrofit 433/434 Drive Dynamic Seats?
Two options

Retrofit your seats with bladders and new seat covers New Pse and lines harness etc

or

Complete seats with Drivedynamic and any other options that you need

Contact Mbenznl.com for current prices

We replaced the front seats on our 211 with Full option seats Heated/Vented/Massage/Multicontour/Drive dynamic

Btw the OLD seats make great Office Chairs
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easy - sell one of your planes and get it over with
ROTFL!!!! Freaking Steve

I honestly, don't know what I wanna get done next that's OEM that I would REALLY enjoy daily. Any suggestions?
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Originally Posted by MARK CUMMINS View Post
Two options

Retrofit your seats with bladders and new seat covers New Pse and lines harness etc

or

Complete seats with Drivedynamic and any other options that you need

Contact Mbenznl.com for current prices

We replaced the front seats on our 211 with Full option seats Heated/Vented/Massage/Multicontour/Drive dynamic

Btw the OLD seats make great Office Chairs

Oh wait you can retroffit the current seats to get the dynamic option? **** I may do that then... Will my rolls interfere with their functionning though? LOL
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ROTFL!!!! Freaking Steve

I honestly, don't know what I wanna get done next that's OEM that I would REALLY enjoy daily. Any suggestions?

DISTRONIC....Once you have it You WILL Understand why you NEED it
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Oh wait you can retroffit the current seats to get the dynamic option? **** I may do that then... Will my rolls interfere with their functionning though? LOL
If you don't have Drive Dynamic heated/ventilated seats, I highly suggest it. I would honestly say that I use it daily; as soon as I step in the car even!
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MBenzNL - any problems rubbing with CLS wheels? what size tires are you running?
From what I know it depends a lot on how lowered your car is and what tire size you are using. I currently have 18" CLS-wheels (non-AMG) on the winter tires of my 2005 E200CDI (Yeah, I live in Norway, we have snow here), and despite the ridicolously low ET of 28 up front and 18 in the rear, I've never experienced any rubbing. Mind you though, I only have 225-tires on those as I don't want too wide tires during winter. Here are a few pics;





Since my car has also been modified by MBenzNL, I might chip in on the rattling-issue as well; When I bought my car in December 2007 it had 318.000km (about 200.000miles) on the clock, and despite the high-mileage it was 100% rattle-free inside. During the modification performed by MBenzNL the whole interior was removed and replaced with new used parts - after everything had been put back together again, it was still 100% rattle-free. Having driven it for about 15.000miles since the modifications, it still is.


@Steve; Please let me know if you want me to remove the pictures I posted, after all this is a thread about your car - which looks great by the way, can't wait to see it in real life!
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Steve,

Two comments...

as I figure(d) this car is fast enough as it is and that mercedes engineers with reason, I went for an original waterpump again...
Remember that "engineering with reason" also equates to "engineering with a budget". To assume that because Mercedes did it, it's always the best possible solution is being somewhat naive, IMO. Mercedes has many constraints when it engineers it's vehicles, including budget/government regulation/etc that we may not necessarily agree with, nor that are in the best interest of a perfectly performing vehicle.

no, thank you....I don't want aftermarket stuff...and I have a set of 65 brakes somewhere in between of the stock of brakes that I have...390mm fronts and 360mm rears will do...and that will still be silver and say AMG and be OEM.
AMG does not manufacture their own brakes, it contracts the work to Brembo. If you look at the GT kit and the OEM kit side to side it's easy to see the OEM kit is a cheaper, less modular version of the GT kit. AMG doesn't want you to have the rotor options from Brembo's full line, nor the pad options, so it changed a few things to keep you coming back to MB for their overpriced replacement parts.

I emailed you a while back about the OEM modifications for my R230, but didn't hear back.

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From what I know it depends a lot on how lowered your car is and what tire size you are using. I currently have 18" CLS-wheels (non-AMG) on the winter tires of my 2005 E200CDI (Yeah, I live in Norway, we have snow here), and despite the ridicolously low ET of 28 up front and 18 in the rear, I've never experienced any rubbing. Mind you though, I only have 225-tires on those as I don't want too wide tires during winter. Here are a few pics;





Since my car has also been modified by MBenzNL, I might chip in on the rattling-issue as well; When I bought my car in December 2007 it had 318.000km (about 200.000miles) on the clock, and despite the high-mileage it was 100% rattle-free inside. During the modification performed by MBenzNL the whole interior was removed and replaced with new used parts - after everything had been put back together again, it was still 100% rattle-free. Having driven it for about 15.000miles since the modifications, it still is.


@Steve; Please let me know if you want me to remove the pictures I posted, after all this is a thread about your car - which looks great by the way, can't wait to see it in real life!
WOW..its still in one piece?

You will see it if you visit the US in April....Not Sure IF Steve will let you drive the fity fi with your track record one would understand why

Plan a few extra days...my garage floor is calling you


Back on track

Steve also gutted my W210 in 2001 and its still quiet NO Rattles/squeaks
all of his work is Top quality..Unlike dealers that reinstall parts WITH Broken Tabs and clips...Steve will spend the time to replace the damaged or broken items
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DISTRONIC....Once you have it You WILL Understand why you NEED it
I NEVER use cruise control though.... would it still be revolutionary to me? I need to take a ride in a distronic car to see what the fuss is all about then. My dad had the radar cruise in the Lexus and I never used it.

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If you don't have Drive Dynamic heated/ventilated seats, I highly suggest it. I would honestly say that I use it daily; as soon as I step in the car even!
Again, something I'd have to experience to see if it's REALLY worth it to me. I tohught I was doing an expensive mod in two weeks, but turns out it got sold from under me, soooo..maybe I can do something afterall..we shall see..

Originally Posted by Surf Blau View Post
From what I know it depends a lot on how lowered your car is and what tire size you are using. I currently have 18" CLS-wheels (non-AMG) on the winter tires of my 2005 E200CDI (Yeah, I live in Norway, we have snow here), and despite the ridicolously low ET of 28 up front and 18 in the rear, I've never experienced any rubbing. Mind you though, I only have 225-tires on those as I don't want too wide tires during winter. Here are a few pics;
Since my car has also been modified by MBenzNL, I might chip in on the rattling-issue as well; When I bought my car in December 2007 it had 318.000km (about 200.000miles) on the clock, and despite the high-mileage it was 100% rattle-free inside. During the modification performed by MBenzNL the whole interior was removed and replaced with new used parts - after everything had been put back together again, it was still 100% rattle-free. Having driven it for about 15.000miles since the modifications, it still is.


@Steve; Please let me know if you want me to remove the pictures I posted, after all this is a thread about your car - which looks great by the way, can't wait to see it in real life!

Holy ****, Surf Blau! Where's the blue 190 at?!? haha This is Dr. ///AMG from benzsport btw
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My local MB dealer claimed distronic is impossible to add. Sad that I find this out now before I'm about to sell the car...
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My local MB dealer claimed distronic is impossible to add. Sad that I find this out now before I'm about to sell the car...

Yes Some dealers are clueless

A Neighbor works for MBUSA and He saw my cars before ..then After

Told Steve If he wanted a Job to let him know
Because of all the early 211s that MBUSA Bought back because of the Comand issue...They stated that Comand could NOT be retrofitted if the car was built without it..That was in 2003 we all now know that it is possible.....
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I NEVER use cruise control though.... would it still be revolutionary to me? I need to take a ride in a distronic car to see what the fuss is all about then. My dad had the radar cruise in the Lexus and I never used it.
I had Distronic on my '04 SL600. Worthless. Everytime someone says they can't live without it I just cannot comprehend why. MAYBE if you sit in traffic every day or take long road trips every other day it would be someone useful, but the idea that once you have it you can't live without it is a bit of a stretch.

I have no interest in adding it to any of my cars.

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I had Distronic on my '04 SL600. Worthless. Everytime someone says they can't live without it I just cannot comprehend why. MAYBE if you sit in traffic every day or take long road trips every other day it would be someone useful, but the idea that once you have it you can't live without it is a bit of a stretch.

I have no interest in adding it to any of my cars.

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I sit in traffic everyday

How useful is it in traffic....
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I sit in traffic everyday

How useful is it in traffic....
Distronic allows you to control the distance between you and the car in front of you... so in traffic it allows for less driver input. To be honest I didn't daily drive my 600 so I rarely sat in traffic with it. I do see traffic occasionally with my 55 and GL, and still, I just don't really see the need for it. Maybe if I saw daily traffic of 60 minutes+ daily...

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Distronic allows you to control the distance between you and the car in front of you... so in traffic it allows for less driver input. To be honest I didn't daily drive my 600 so I rarely sat in traffic with it. I do see traffic occasionally with my 55 and GL, and still, I just don't really see the need for it. Maybe if I saw daily traffic of 60 minutes+ daily...

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What would happen if someone was blasting through traffic and cut in front of you; would the car slam on the brakes?

That would suck.
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The car turned out to be extremely clean (must have been owned by one of the very few amercians who knows that driving a car does not require constant drinking & eating)....

Nice car, terribly chauvinistic comment.
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